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Despite tidal energy's limitations, Siemens makes a significant investment in tidal power because of its long-term predictability.
Date: 11/14/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Conversion
By studying the solar absorption properties of pyrite, scientists have discovered chemically similar materials that could replace more rare and expensive elements used in current photovoltaics.
Date: 11/28/2011
Type: News
By replacing expensive silver with ubiquitous copper for electroplating, researchers have developed a silicon solar cell with higher efficiency and lower fabrication costs.
Date: 12/01/2011
Type: News
SRI International claims they can produce a cleaner, cheaper synthetic fuel by combing coal and natural gas and are now exploring the scalability of this technology.
Date: 01/06/2012
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Conversion
concentrating solar power (csp)
By arranging the mirrors of a concentrating solar power plant (CSP) in the pattern of sunflower florets, researchers estimate these facilities could take up 20% less space than with current layouts.
Date: 01/11/2012
Type: News
A new generation of photovoltaic streetlamps was debuted at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, which promise 98% efficiency in converting stored energy to light.
Date: 01/13/2012
Type: News
Scientists in India have developed a cheap phase change material that could drastically reduce the need for heating in homes.
Date: 01/20/2012
Type: News
Transphorm, the Santa Barbara startup founded by Institute faculty member Umesh Mishra, is working to boost the electric grid's efficiency using gallium nitride in the power conversion process.
Date: 01/30/2012
Type: News
Thomas Friedman explains how green technologies will become more and more profitable in the future as the scarcity of resources and global population increases.
Date: 03/12/2012
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Conversion
The spice and seasoning company now generates more energy than it consumes. McCormick & Company built a solar array, and it reduced its energy consumption by installing many building upgrades. The company added energy efficient lighting and a HVAC system, among others.
Date: 04/17/2012
Type: Article

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